BUENOS AIRES, July 18 (Xinhua) -- China's support and medical supplies to Argentina have been of vital importance to its fight against the novel coronavirus, as the country has continued the battle since March, a senior official has said.
"Thanks to this amount (of supplies) that we are receiving, we are going to start supplying all provincial and municipal hospitals soon," Maria Victoria Anadon, technical, legal and administrative deputy secretary of Health Ministry of the Buenos Aires Province, told Xinhua.
Noting the arrival on Thursday of a second ship carrying masks, gloves and hygiene coveralls from Shanghai, Anadon said the medical supplies they received have guaranteed that they can provide personal protective equipment and respirators of the highest quality for all the people in Buenos Aires.
The latest shipment is one of several batches of health supplies from China, and the next one is scheduled to arrive on July 27, the official added.
Anadon also told Xinhua about cooperation between the two countries during the pandemic.
Experts from east China's Zhejiang Province discussed the pandemic in the South American country and shared their experience in fighting the virus with Argentine health officials via video conference.
As the most populated region of Argentina, the Buenos Aires Province registered a total of 66,206 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday morning, accounting for more than 55 percent of the national total, according to local authorities.
Argentina registered its first COVID-19 case on March 3. As of Saturday, the country reported a total of 122,524 cases and 2,220 deaths. Enditem